A Life in 16 Films:How Cinema Made a Playwright

Waters, Steve (2021) A Life in 16 Films:How Cinema Made a Playwright. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350205239

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Abstract

Steve Waters examines how the very idea of film has defined him as a playwright and a person in this book. Through the the lens of cinema, it provides a cultural and political snapshot of life in Britain from the 2nd part of the 20th century up to the present day. The films spanning almost a century, starting with The White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) and moving most recently to Dark Waters (2019), each chapter examines aspects of Waters's journey from his working-class Midlands upbringing to working in professional theatre to living through the Covid epidemic, through the prism of a particular film. From The Wizard of Oz to Code Unknown, from sci-fi to documentary, from queer cinema to world cinema, this honest, comic book offers a view of film as a way of thinking about how we live. In doing so, it illuminates culture and politics in the UK over half a century and provides an intimate insight into drama and writing.

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Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 08:30
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URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83058
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